Colonel Read was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering. Colonel Read holds a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Geography from The Pennsylvania State University, where he studied climate variability and change, and the security implications of climate change.
Colonel Read has spent much of his career in a variety of operational infantry units in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. He has also served on faculty at West Point, where is currently assigned as Professor, USMA, and Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. This year, he is away from his duties at West Point. He spent the past six months studying the security implications of climate change in Africa, and is currently on a faculty exchange with the Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University, at the South African Military Academy in Saldanha. His academic interests include climate variability and change, environmental security, and military geography.
Refreshments will be served before the event. Entrance for SAIIA members is free. Costs: Visitors R80 and students R20.
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